SOUTH SUDAN / SHEARER LANKIEN VISIT

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UN top official in South Sudan David Shearer visited the town of Lankien in the opposition-held area to assess the humanitarian situation and the progress being made towards sustainable peace. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SHEARER LANKIEN VISIT
TRT: 2:17
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2019, LANKIEN, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Aerial shot, floods
2. Various shots, residents of Lankien on street
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Hoth Duol, Governor of Bieh:
“Over 10,000 primary school going children are forced to stop learning because, one, they were displaced from their place of study and, two, most of their primary schools are flooded. Due to the above negative effects of the flood, there are signs of famine and starvation in the making across this state. In this regard, we therefore call on UN and South Sudan humanitarian donors to commit some of the limited resources they have in hand to respond positively to this looming famine and starvation.”
4. Various shots, Shearer arriving
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“This area has been peaceful for the last number of months. The ceasefire has held. We want to make sure it continues. We know that the soldiers are in cantonments here. They have been brought together but they are lacking food and medical supplies in those cantonments. We want to make sure that we solidify the gains that have been made here so that we are able to move forward much more easily.”
6. Various shots, people gathered at water source
7. Wide shot, people sitting under a tree
8. Various shots, Workshop on Awareness on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.

STORYLINE:

The residents of Lankien are among hundreds of thousands of people who have been badly affected by flooding which has devastated the Jonglei region of South Sudan, submerging homes and land, destroying crops and damaging the little basic infrastructure that remains in the wake of a five-year civil war.

SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Hoth Duol, Governor of Bieh:
“Over 10,000 primary school going children are forced to stop learning because, one, they were displaced from their place of study and, two, most of their primary schools are flooded. Due to the above negative effects of the flood, there are signs of famine and starvation in the making across this state. In this regard, we therefore call on UN and South Sudan humanitarian donors to commit some of the limited resources they have in hand to respond positively to this looming famine and starvation.”

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer visited the area to see first-hand the dire humanitarian situation and to assess progress being made towards peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“This area has been peaceful for the last number of months. The ceasefire has held. We want to make sure it continues. We know that the soldiers are in cantonments here. They have been brought together but they are lacking food and medical supplies in those cantonments. We want to make sure that we solidify the gains that have been made here so that we are able to move forward much more easily.”

This community, located in opposition-held territory, welcomed the recent 100-day extension to the peace process as an opportunity to ensure that adequate security arrangements, including the unification of armed forces, are in place before a new government is formed. As part of the process, they want the Leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army In-Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar, freed from what they perceive to be confinement in Khartoum so that he can actively participate in the peace process and the future unified government.

For the citizens of Lankien, it is also a priority to resolve ongoing long-standing animosity between Murle and Lou Nuer communities, which has resulted in cycles of cattle raiding and revenge attacks.

The UNMISS human rights team is also in town for three-days to help educate high-ranking SPLA-IO officers about an action plan to prevent conflict-related sexual violence. This training session is just part of the overall effort by UNMISS, local authorities and the community to encourage reconciliation and build peace so the people of Lankien can look forward to a much brighter future.

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